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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1874

     

    1975


     

    Enrolment

     

    230

     

    32


     

    Grades

     

    4 to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    Homestay, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $24,270 to $27,805

     

    $8,000 to $12,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $54,570 to $65,615

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    10%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    4 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    26

     

    2


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    35%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    It really is a castle, and the interiors are as striking as the exterior: turrets, arches, wood and stone. The school is also genuinely old, having been founded in 1874, though the building pre-dates the school. Yet, as ever, appearances can be deceiving, or at least can risk being made too much of. Trafalgar administration has, throughout its long history, consistently revised the curriculum and programs with an intention of providing, in a very literal sense, the best the world has to offer. That includes the adoption of the Singapore math and science curricula; Mandarin instruction; and writing instruction based on the program developed at the University of Chicago. A dedication to real-world learning has been built into the curriculum formally through the Beyond the Classroom initiative, which makes use of local resources and expertise, guided by the students' personal curiosities. Trafalgar offers an up-to-date, creative, and intentional program for girls preparing for university.

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    SCS was formed in 1974 as an expression of the surrounding community, and created by a group of parents who wanted a school that would offer a strong academic program within a values-based environment. The name has changed, and enrollment has grown, though that focus remains. The school isn’t affiliated with a specific denomination, and attracts students from any and all, as well as those that don’t belong to a specific faith tradition. There are many ways that schools express Christian ideals, and in the case of SCS it’s very much those of inclusion, service, and ethical behavior. The school has a very close, community feel, and what it might lack in terms of extra-curriculars it gains in individual attention and a sense of belonging within the school community.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    • Founded in 1874
    • Diverse Co-Curricular
    • Strong Leadership Programme
    • Pool, Fitness Room and Gymnasium
    • All-School Camping Retreat
    • Advanced Placement (AP)
    • Award-Winning Robotics Team
    • Member of CIS eLearning Consortium
    • Integrative Thinking Programme
    • Health and Wellness Centre

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    • Location in walking distance to the Bessarion subway stations
    • Bursaries are available to those who qualify
    • Great wholesome, supportive environment, wonderful for improving academics
    • Group rates for eligible groups
    • Signet Christian School is a registered Canadian Charitable organization (ask about tax receipts)
    • Signet specializes in low teacher: student ratio for better results and student success

    Description

    Description

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Trafalgar Castle School, an all-girls, independent day and boarding school for grades 4 through 12. Located in Whitby, Ontario, we’ve been educating girls since 1874 within a warm and progressive community that offers exceptional academics and prepares young women to make a difference in the world.

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Experience superior learning in a culture that fosters relationships and personal development. At Signet, students are immersed in an authentic Christian experience so values such as Kindness, Perseverance Wisdom, Integrity, Purposeful, Discipline, Joy, and Respect are taught and celebrated. Our classrooms give ample room for each student to innovate and explore and so academics leads to superior Signet greatness! A Signet education, sealing Christ-centered education, purposefully impacting lives – established in 1974.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Message

    Welcome from the Head of School

    For a start, there is no other all-girls day and boarding school like us in Canada. We have been at the forefront of girls’ education for almost 150 years. At 240 students from Grade 4 to Grade 12, we are small by design. That means every girl is recognized and honoured for the individual she is. We believe the best entry point to a large and complex world is a warm and personal learning environment with ample opportunities for personal discovery and growth.

    You want your daughter to be known and cared for while she pursues her dream to design a zero-emission engine, work in international medicine, write young adult fiction, or whatever other aspiration she holds in her heart. And because she is an individual with unique talents and passions, you know she will flourish within a small, welcoming community that offers an exceptional education and provides for her personal growth.

    Sometimes we say, “there’s no such thing as a Trafalgar girl,” because so many different girls of diverse backgrounds and interests thrive here. But we also know exactly what a Trafalgar girl is: engaged in her learning, interested in her world and making a difference in her community. Not all girls arrive that way, but our responsive educational environment ensures that she will feel known by her teachers, supported by her classmates and energized with a sense of belonging. Most of all, she will discover the power of her own voice here.

    Trafalgar Castle offers an all-girls education that unites tradition with innovation. We care deeply about how girls learn and offer the experiences they need to build critical thinking, creativity, confidence and leadership. Today’s young women are entering a fast-changing world that demands much of them. The Trafalgar experience prepares them to live with purpose and lead with conviction wherever their future takes them.

    Our graduates are ready for the world. They leave the Castle with the confidence and vision they need to live lives of consequence and courage. And they join a network of talented and generous alumnae around the world who embrace them warmly and guide them wisely.

    Each year, 100% of our students are accepted to their preferred university destinations. They excel in highly competitive programs and succeed in their chosen fields after graduation. No matter where their university journey takes them, they carry the Trafalgar difference in their hearts.

    We would love to meet your daughter.

    Dr. Leanne Foster, Ph.D.

    Head of School

    Welcome! It is always a pleasure to meet people who are interested in Signet Christian School, and we encourage you to contact us via email during the Covid-19 situation and we will return your call as soon as possible.

    To find out what Signet is up to during this Covid situation, please visit our Remote Learning update on our website.

    Signet has been offering Canadian and international students superb education since 1974. Our school is a place of safety and order, where lives are transformed with Christ’s love. We are blessed to have wonderful teachers — seasoned, caring Christians who are trained to inspire young minds and infuse the curriculum with Christian values. God’s Grace is evident everywhere in our school — in classrooms, in chapel, and on the playground. We offer innovative instruction so that students can excel in academics as well as athletics, musical theatre, and art.

    The strength of our school has always been found in God, and all our efforts are focused on following Him. Our foundational core values are Honour, Discipline, Confidence, and Kindness. These values are more relevant than ever in today’s world and have helped us create a cohesive, strong school that produces graduates who are ready to positively impact the world.

    As you browse this profile and our website, you may see the photos in our gallery of many happy, smiling faces of our students. The joy of the Lord is our strength! We are infused with the joy of learning and a sense of belonging and fellowship. Our students beam with confidence, knowing that they are part of a safe, caring community. The Word of God really rings true: Train every child in the way they should go so that when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6).

    That is part of our passion and our guiding mission at Signet, and as caring, loving parents no doubt you understand and share this hope for your children. We do believe that you will find the kind of education you seek at Signet. Come sign up for a tour!

    Catherine Dumé, MBA, MA Ed, (Honours), is an educator, ordained minister, and head of school since 2014. Mrs. Dumé, an international education consultant, has held posts as a Director of a Bible College and teacher of a Special Education Unit. She was educated at Oral Roberts University, OK, USA. Mrs. Dume is passionate about child development and building schools. She has her level 1 Educational Therapy Certification from the National Institute of Learning Development in Toronto. She is wife to Frantz and a mother of three teens. 

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Trafalgar Castle School

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Trafalgar Castle School offers a rigorous university preparatory curriculum from Grades 4 through 12. Our focus is to prepare our young women for post-secondary education through courses that emphasize the development of effective communication and inquiry skills, the ability to access and evaluate information, and develop self-assessment skills. We use information technology to deliver appropriate components of the curriculum and in the process encourage mastery of the technology skills essential for current and future success. Our courses meet and exceed Ontario Ministry of Education requirements and are delivered by a highly competent and dedicated faculty. Current research supports learning in a small-school environment, which enables our teachers to engage their students and support them as they achieve their true potential. Trafalgar Castle School is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education, accredited by the Canadian Educational Standards Institute and a member of the Conference of Independent Schools (Ontario), the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools and an associate member of the National Association of Independent Schools (Associate Member U.S.A.).

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      The Signet Christian curriculum is carrying out our mission to impact lives purposefully with their Christ-centered education. This means we focus on academic and personal development. There is an emphasis on knowledge acquisition and theoretical and academic learning. Extracurricular activities include visual, musical, and dramatic arts which are available at all grade levels. French and coding are part of the curriculum from kindergarten onward. Sports and Gym are favorites and each class has access to computers to enhance learning. As well, our focus is to create an environment where each heart is open to build faith and a relationship with Christ. This solid foundation enhances learning and growth in and beyond the classroom. How we focused on the Christian lifestyle is through the lives of our staff. At Signet, we are supportive of the student's whole person.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Our Grade 5 through 8 Mathematics program is built around the Singapore Math approach, which by design slows down the learning process to help more thoroughly ground our middle school students in the fundamentals of Math. Our Upper School Mathematics program features the academic level as well as enriched-level courses, which prepare students for Advanced Placement level courses.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        We encourage frequent repetition and drills to ensure mastery in the procedures. We then borrow a few new concepts form Discovery Math where the children spend some quality time in critical thinking and number sense but not before understanding. This goes according to our belief that discovery is not random, but once you establish procedural understanding then conceptual and applied understanding will follow. In the higher grades, students teach each other to consolidate understanding and enrich application to real problems. At these grades, although traditional math is used the students are taught how to logically arrive at their solutions and can articulate this. Higher grades lean more heavily on Traditional Math methodology.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Discovery Math, Nelson Math, MathSmart


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Calculators are allowed when specified by the teacher. All calculator use must be proved on paper in the higher grades and in lower grade calculator use is to discover numerical patterns.

      • Early Reading

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Our Early Reading approach is phonics based. As a base young child read by recognizing and sounding out the letters and syllables of words; blending sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. However, we have found that we need to use Whole language at times because of age or stage of development. So in the Kindergarten years and Grade 1, we teach phonics in a specific sequence and use extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        DIBELS testing

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        No
        NO. We use Abeka Phonics - US Christian Curriculum

      • Writing

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Our students learn to develop effective thesis and supportive ideas based upon the adapted University of Chicago writing program. Through use of selected referencing, students build sound writing with the ultimate goal of refined expository writing.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        We teach the beginner writer to start writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. We create an inspirational environment which conditions and encourages a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve. Students learn to express their thoughts, feelings, experiences, opinions, and/or ideas in a written composition using standard forms of writing and grade specific conventions for intended purposes. They develop into a systematic writing process leading to editing checklists to proofread and revise their work so that they may complete their good copy. Creative writing and story composition are encouraged at all grade levels.

      • Science

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Our science curriculum in the lower grades is organized into four strands which are Understanding Life Systems, Understanding Structures and Mechanisms, Understanding Matter and Energy, and Understanding Earth and Space Systems. Students are not only taught the basic concepts of science but inquiry skills through experimentation. They are also encouraged to relate what they have learned to society and the environment. As they enter the higher grades they add more "doing" as they work on projects, and experiment in labs as interactive and engaging in simulations. They enjoy the annual Science fair for Grades 3 and above.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Physiology

      • Literature

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Traditional


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        At Signet, we expose students to different styles and a variety of genres. We pick examples that will spark student interest. We teach students research and critical thinking skills and as they read, they should jump in, and engage in the social issues pertaining to the wider community.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Thematic


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        The expectations for the social studies curriculum are divided into two strands which are Heritage and Identity and People and Environments for the lower grades. Students are taught to investigate and explore events, developments, and/or issues that occurred in history and determine their impact by making connections between the past and the present.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        We use research and inquiry skills to analyze the significance of the past for today. We allow students to engage in thoughtful reflection and expression as well as to analyze situations from different perspectives.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        A balance of Audio-Lingual and Communicative is used group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes are used but we also expect students to correctly imitate the teacher in French.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        We provide an Equal Balance approach between Receptive and Creative/Studio-work in our arts programs. We cover art history and appreciation as well as spending time Expressive methodology creating or “making” art. Students learn about various artistic works and movements, and are asked to reflect on their underlying aesthetic features and principles. We aim to develop their cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic sensibilities by doing and from a knowledge of the history and appreciation of the art form. For the lower grades students are taught grade specific elements that relate to each of the art disciplines. They are then given the opportunity to use these forms to create or perform works that convey or express thoughts, feelings, and or ideas through the arts. They are also encouraged to make connections, analyse, and communicate the meaning or the message of their own work or the works of others.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        In the lower grades, there is a light integration of Computers and Technology. Computers are used to support subject-based learning through the use of videos, interactive websites, and word processing skills. However, as we look at Grades 3 and up, we use more integration as Medium. Here, computers are used in the classroom from time to time but they are not a dominant focus. Teachers provide various opportunities for the student to engage in research as well as to produce work via this medium. We ensure safe practices on the internet. Students may sign up to bring their own device if they need it for the accommodation of the curriculum. During Coding class all students from Grade 3 up get hands-on with laptops, tablets, and other devices. Some basic programming of robots is taught here.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        At Signet our curriculum for Gym and Health education reflects Christian values. We teach skills such as teamwork, sports skills, how to be healthy (spiritually, mentally and physically). We encourage students to participate in a range of Sports and physical activities.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Trafalgar Castle School

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Our Kindergarten is unique because we use Christian Curriculum as we focus on Academics to prepare the child with the foundation for learning. Lead by experienced teachers, our Christian curriculum is designed to teach multiple subjects in both seated and kinesthetic modes. (ABeka Curriculum). We believe that understanding truth and values start from very young ages. Character training and leadership of self and others are introduced through creative teaching methods. As core values are laid, kindergarten is such a fun phase and lessons are stepping blocks for life.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Trafalgar Castle School

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Our Elementary has paired grades so we group and stream to teach both ages and stages. Our Grades 9 - 12 curriculum supports the Ministry of Education guidelines offering OSSD. Our courses are enhanced due to the smaller class sizes and we offer guided independent study with opportunities for research.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Trafalgar Castle School

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      At Signet Christian we have a strong academic culture, however, it is seated in a supportive environment. Signet's academic focus is to achieve excellence and to do this we believe this is reliant directly upon the presence of a solid foundation of character and positive support from teachers and family. So we remain close to families to ensure the student's high academic performance. We believe a balanced life bears the fruit of true success. Children who have cultivated these core values are thus successful in all their endevours, not just academics.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Trafalgar Castle School

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      At Trafalgar, we implement a continuum of programming for students from Grade 4 to 12 that addresses the social, emotional, physical, mental health, and spiritual needs of girls. Student health, wellness, and learning supports are enhanced so that every girl can participate fully and productively in learning and life.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      As a holistic school, we want all students to grow in mind, body, and spirit. However, children come to us with a variety of needs and strengths. Over the years Signet graduates speak of not only the academic growth but of preparedness for an ever-changing world, As God's "signet ring" we believe we are His signature making an impact where we go. With students from different faith background we are able to share our faith within an environment where everyone feels loved and belongs.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Trafalgar Castle School

    Signet Christian School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    • Trafalgar Castle School among the first to launch a Girls Who Code Club in Canada!
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 9

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    We are looking for students that wants what Trafalgar Castle School is offering including: • A warm and encouraging environment where every girl is known and embraced; • A diverse and international student body and an inclusive community; • An acclaimed academic program where students reach high and achieve their best; • Social, emotional and academic support structures to promote health and wellness; • Learning experiences outside the classroom on excursions, adventures and exchanges; • An exciting array of clubs, sports teams, music ensembles and leadership opportunities; • A school where 100% of graduates are accepted into a university of her choice; and • A network of talented and successful alumnae from around the world.

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Eager to learn, happy to meet new students and teachers.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Trafalgar Castle School operates on a rolling admissions process however spaces fill early. Prospective students are required to submit the following components as part of the application process: 

    • Completed application package;
    • Report cards from the previous two years; 
    • Reference letter;
    • Deposit;  
    • Interview process; and
    • International students are required to provide a language proficiency test (iELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) and SSAT.

    Day students are also encouraged to spend a day with us to experience first-hand the possibilities of a Trafalgar Castle School education. 

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Please call to get specific information as High School and International Admission Policies are different from Elementary Admissions policies.




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